The Top 10 Attractions Near The Amsterdam Cruise Port

Unless you added a couple of extra days to the front or back end of your trip, visiting a city by cruise ship doesn't provide much time to sightsee. Most companies allow only eight or nine hours in a port, usually less. Others may get two days if they're lucky.  Therefore, it’s important to optimize your schedule and plan ahead. With so many exciting things to see and do, it’s hard to fit everything in. 10Best has put together a list of the best Amsterdam attractions near the cruise port, so you can stay close to the ship and still see the highlights of this historic, charming city.

First things first, if you have any luggage, leave it on the ship or put it in a locker at the passenger terminal. Only bring the essentials. Second, the passenger terminal is within walking distance of the city center. However, it is more efficient to take the tram. There's a stop in front of the passenger terminal, and you can buy a pass on the tram.

Depending on how much time you have, there are many interesting things to do. One of the best ways to see the city is from the canals. Take a canal cruise, especially if the sun is shining. Most last about an hour. The Red Light District is a great place to see if you want to experience Amsterdam’s open-minded culture. If you love history, visit the Amsterdam Museum or Rembrandt House.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Lipowski

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Old Center / Red Light District

The Netherlands has a long and rich history with the Jewish people. Take some time to learn about the religion and heritage at The Jewish Historical Museum in the Amsterdam Jewish quarter. From paintings to artifacts and photographs to 3D...  Read More

Amsterdam Museum
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The Amsterdam Museum is a fun and interactive way to learn about Amsterdam. From ancient times to modern day, the museum aims to help people of all ages explore the city and its story. The museum caters to all learning abilities, featuring...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District

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Old Center / Red Light District

Visit the Royal Palace on Dam Square to get a glimpse into what it's like to be royal. Both the interior and exterior are absolutely exquisite. The building, originally constructed as the town hall, is in use today by the Royal family. The Royal...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt van Rijn. Visit The Rembrandt House, where you can explore the place he called home, as well as a studio, from the years 1639 and 1658. This historic building is made up of...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District

The Red Light District, also known as De Wallen or Rosse Buurt, dates back to the fourteenth century. It was a place sailors would come if they required female companionship. Today, the Red Light District is home to coffeeshops that sell...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District
Oude Kerk
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De Oude Kerk, located in the infamous Red Light District, has its name for a reason. This church was built around the year 1300 and was originally known as Sint-Nicolaaschurch (St. Nicholas Church). It adopted the name The Old Church when the De...  Read More

Central Canal Ring
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Central Canal Ring
Canal Boat Tours

Experience picturesque Amsterdam from the waterways. Especially when the sun is shining, there is no better way to see the sights than by boat. Wind your way through Amsterdam's canals and appreciate the attractions from the water. With a...  Read More


Meet Jessica Lipowski

Jessica has fallen in love with the Netherlands. She moved in 2011, seizing an opportunity to live abroad, a long-time dream.

In May 2016, she published a non-fiction book, "Flavors of...  More About Jessica

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